The AP Market is an underground market–literally, it’s underneath Century Park, adjacent to the #2 Metro line, in Pudong–and it offers all sorts of merchandise from knock-off Hunter boots, La Liga soccer jerseys, Converse All*Stars, TOMs, designer watches, jade, prescription eyeglasses, designer handbags and custom made shirts, suits, dresses and coats.
I stopped in here, today, while out on a bike ride (testing a route tracker app for my Windows phone). Walking down the halls lined with shops, the merchants that aren’t catching a nap, or immersed in their smartphones, hawk their goods, calling out for you to “take a look.” The shops that sell purses all seem to have a secret room behind a display wall where they keep “the good stuff.” Watch sellers keep the illegal knock-offs, like Omega and Rolex, hidden away at a separate location and will run of to fetch them for you, so if you don’t see what you’re looking for, ask.
Today, I was looking for a NY Mets baseball hat to replace the one that is packed away in storage back in the USA. I was hoping to get the authentic on field cap in blue, to match the Tom Seaver HOF Jersey I bought last week (180 RMB, ($29 USD), but despite checking out hundreds of vendors I only located two who even had Mets hats and both of them carried the alternate black cap. I bought the cap for 80 RMB ($13 USD)
While I don’t condone copyright infringement, or counterfeit products (when I’m living in the USA), both practices are pretty difficult to avoid here in China. (I’m watching a DVD of House of Cards season 2 –$2 USD for complete season–as I write this)